Uh Oh. Alaqua has another one… June Bucket Fund…Meet Angel.






Well, this is a tough one to report…  I heard about this at the last minute from Alaqua our May Bucket Fund Charity who saved Champ.

Meet Angel.

She has a wry mouth and a cleft palate.  Not good.  (To learn more about wry mouth, read an earlier post linked here.)  Note:  This filly isn’t skinny and unkempt due to her wry mouth.  She is skinny and unkempt because she was tied to a stake for the last two months… More on that later…

Meet Angel. She has a wry mouth... and was tied out on a stake for two months with no shelter.

If Angel just had the wry mouth, her prognosis would be fairly positive.  But, she has hard and soft palate involvement which isn’t good .  Vets have been consulted however the specialists are far away and this is a holiday weekend…

Poor Angel had rainrot all over he skinny little body.

You gotta give it to this little filly.  She has survived for 6-8 months (age being verified) without any help from any humans.  In fact, the humans seem to have made her situation worse… Angel’s first owner gave her to another person who had never had a horse before – let alone one with a severe disability – and simply staked the filly out in her yard.

Angel is safe at Alaqua

 

ANGEL’S STORY

Angel was given to Alaqua Animal Refuge this week by that first time horse owner who had acquired the filly through the original owner.  This young girl did her best – which wasn’t so good.  Angel was staked outside without shelter.  If she caught herself up in her chain, she couldn’t reach the water.  She was malnourished and her coat was full of mats and rainrot.

Yup.

At least this young girl figured she needed help with Angel which is why she called Alaqua.  Unfortunately, by this time, the filly had been in these conditions for over 2 months.

 

Her coat was matted and full of rainrot.

Alaqua rushed out to retrieve Angel and much to their surprise, saw the wry mouth.  Yikes.  This filly must have a very strong will to survive!

As soon as Angel was brought home to the Refuge, their vet determined that little Angel’s palate was compromised and some of her liquid food could leak out of her nose.  This is bad because the food can then be aspirated back into the lungs which can cause infection… which leads to pneumonia.

Angel needed help – fast!  So, Laurie from Alaqua got on the phone and called every specialist in the 4 nearest equine hospitals.   The doctors couldn’t diagnose over the phone, of course.  They need radiographs and a scoping to determine her prognosis.

Sadly, no vet with a scope and a radiograph machine has been able to get out there over this weekend.

 

Angel on her first day at Alaqua was a bit timid... but is now so sweet!

 

TINY BIT OF GOOD NEWS

However, the fact that this filly has remained alive, virtually on her own in very unsavory conditions for all these months – is a good sign.  And, if Angel has a chance, Alaqua wants to give it to her.  But, first, they have to get tiny Angel stronger so they can travel her to the specialists for a thorough diagnosis.

I am asking that we support Laurie and Alaqua so they can have proper diagnostics done on this baby and thus create the best plan for her future.

Please, let us help Alaqua, who did such a great job with Champ/JR/Gypsy/The Trailer Accident Horses, help this filly.

 

ANGEL, GYPSY, JR, CHAMP AND ALL THE OTHER ALAQUA ANIMALS IN NEED…

Alaqua does a great job, for sure.

They survive on donations.

Thank you everyone for all that you have donated this month…  If you feel the pang to help Angel receive her diagnosis from the specialists, we would be very grateful.  The Bucket Fund donates every penny that you give.  So, if you only have $1, don’t feel badly, that’s awesome!  The whole idea is to drop any amount into the Bucket Fund.  It all goes together!

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Pig Stories!


Sunday, May 29th, 2011 | Filed under Musings




OK, Pigs are not horses.  But, I used to have a pig.  In fact, I had two pot-bellied pigs.  Fanny and Pearl.  Pearl lived to be 15 and Fanny was 17 when she passed two years ago.

Aladdin, my favorite gelding, loved Fanny!

So, that is why I’m writing about pot-bellied pigs today… and because it is a holiday weekend and most of you might like a little vacation fodder.

The first story is about an Agility Pig.  Reminds me of BABE.

The pig that’s top dog:  Pot-bellied porker outshines the canines in agility team

By Liz Hull

Trotting through tunnels, leaping over jumps and weaving between poles, Louie would be
a valuable member of any dog agility team but for one thing.

He’s a pig.

The nine-month-old pot-bellied crossbreed is a non-showbusiness version of Babe, the movie pig that thinks it’s a sheepdog.

In synch: Louie the pig jumps a fence with a fellow display team member. He performs at agricultural shows around the


Like any faithful hound, Louie already walks to heel on a lead, responds to his name and even plays fetch.

He will tackle the toughest of agility courses on command – so long as there is a ginger biscuit for him at the end. And such is his aptitude that owner Sue Williams hopes he will one day perform in her Cheshire county dog display team at Crufts.

Mrs Williams, 42, an animal behaviourist, said Louie had joined her eight-strong pig collection at the age of three months. Because the others were so much bigger he had to be kept separately for his own safety and was given the freedom to roam the grounds of her home in Porthmadog, North Wales.

Intelligent: Louie the pig not only sprints through tunnels but he retains information quicker than the dogs on the display team, according to his owner

 

‘One day, when I was training my dogs, I was trying to get one to run through a tunnel,’ she said.

‘Louie decided to zoom through the tunnel instead. I was really taken aback. I thought, “Hold on a minute – the pig’s doing a better job than the dog”.’

According to Mrs Williams, Louie has been accepted by his canine colleagues because he has earned his place in the team.

Show-off: Sue Williams trains Louie and a dog ahead of their next performance

Comrades: Louie acts like a dog and is treated like one - he is even taken for walks on a lead

 

Together they have appeared in half a dozen agricultural and talent shows and, once Louie is granted an official animal exhibition licence from the local council, Mrs Williams hopes he will be able to compete in real dog shows and even Crufts.

‘The crowds are always totally amazed when they see what Louie can do, and how well he performs in comparison with the dogs,’ she added. ‘It just shows dog and animal owners that if you use the right type of training and reinforce good behaviour through reward you can do anything with any animal.
 

‘He retains information quicker than a dog so, once he’s done a trick a few times, he knows what he’s doing. Plus, he absolutely loves his ginger biscuits.’

Pigs might fly: Owner Sue's ultimate ambition is for Louie to participate in Crufts one day

 

Full of beans: Before he joined the display team Louie would excitedly run up to the field where she was training her dog team and avidly watch them

 

PIGCASSO!

This one came from the California Pot-Bellied Pig Association, Inc.

I love this idea of the pigs creating art to help themselves… even if it is food motivated!

 

Tee hee

 

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